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At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, our seasoned team of professionals have over 100 years of combined legal experience handling complex legal matters.

Los Angeles Burn Injury Lawyers

Seeking Compensation for Burn Injury Victims in Southern California

Burn injuries are some of the most painful and devastating injuries you can ever sustain – and burns often require hospitalization, surgery, and long-term inpatient care in a burn center for specialized treatment. If you or someone you love sustained burn injuries due to negligence or wrongful action, the law may entitle you to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and physical and mental suffering.

At Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, our Los Angeles burn injury lawyers have helped many Californians recover damages for extensive burns and other catastrophic injuries, and we can also assist those who reside in other states. With more million-dollar verdicts and settlements than any other personal injury law firm in California, you can trust that our team has the resources and experience to litigate a complex burn injury case.

To learn more, call us at (866) 634-4525 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Common Causes of Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can happen in wide range of common accidents, including:

  • House fires
  • Defective products, including auto defects
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Electrical accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Dangerous equipment and machinery accidents

There are also a wide range of burn injuries you may sustain in these accidents, including:

  • Thermal burns, when the body comes in contact with hot objects and flames
  • Scalds from hot liquids
  • Chemical burns
  • Explosions, which can occur in motor vehicle or workplace accidents
  • Electrical burns, which result from defective products or contact with power lines

The source of the burn doesn’t matter much to the patient when it comes to the resulting pain and injury, although some sources of burns are more likely to inflict deeper and more severe damage.

Determining Liability for Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can happen in many different ways—from a defective product causing a fire to a person coming into contact with an improperly marked live electrical line to a construction accident. Consequently, more than one negligent person or entity may contribute to a serious burn injury. Experienced attorneys who have handled many burn injury cases know what to prove and how to provide proper documentation and evidence to demonstrate fault.

Sometimes proving negligence is as simple as showing that improper signs marked hazards like overhead power lines. In other cases, like product defect lawsuits, proving negligence can create greater challenges and involve complicated analysis. For example, in a motor vehicle accident, the design of the car and some of its parts may cause a burn injury. A skilled legal team can identify all of the negligent parties that played a role in creating, manufacturing, and selling the defective product(s).

Classifying Burn Degrees

Doctors classify burns into three different categories or “degrees” of severity, ranging from more mild first-degree burns to life-threatening third degree burns.

Here’s a quick overview of the 3 main categories of burn injury:

  1. First-degree burns are mild and affect only the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). People can get these burns from momentarily touching a hot pan on the stove. They usually result in redness of the skin and some immediate pain that lessens with time.
  2. Second-degree burns are more serious and extend into the outer epidermis layer and the lower layer of skin (the dermis). You might receive a second-degree burn from accidentally pouring boiling water onto your body or touching a hot clothes iron. In addition to pain and redness, most second-degree burns cause blistering and swelling.
  3. Third-degree burns are among the most severe burns. They burn all the way through the epidermis and dermis skin layers and damage the tissue underneath. Skin may turn white or blackened and charred and it may go numb if nerves were damaged. Most severe burn injuries that result in lawsuits, such as those from fires or electrical shocks, are third-degree burns.

Some medical professionals also use additional categories – up to the sixth degree – to indicate injuries that burn down into ligaments, tendons, muscles, bones, or internal organs. Third-degree burns and worse, especially if they cover a significant percentage of the body, can lead to a range of complications and may require extended hospitalization and skin-graft surgeries. If the burn damages muscle and other interior tissue, patients may require physical therapy to regain range of motion. Because of extensive nerve damage, burns at these levels can cause chronic pain.

Ongoing Complications from Burn Injuries

Burns don’t always heal quickly or uniformly. While each patient may experience a different outcome, some common complications result from many burn injury cases.

These complications can include:

  • Infection. This includes skin infections from bacteria as well as sepsis when the infection spreads to the bloodstream. Serious infections can cause organ failure, especially in an already compromised patient.
  • Breathing problems. Smoke inhalation or lung damage from inhaling hot air can hurt breathing and require respiratory therapy.
  • Scars. Burns can cause the skin to scar and contract, which typically requires surgery to replace, or graft, the skin. Skin graft surgeries can fail, adding more issues and costs to treatment.
  • Fragile skin. Skin may not fully recover from burn damage. It may thin out and more easily sustain damage for the rest of a patient’s life.
  • Bone and joint problems. Scarred and contracted skin can have a domino effect on tendons and ligaments, even if the burn injury did not directly damage those tissues. This can lead to ongoing difficulties with joint movement.
  • Psychological damage. Burn patients may suffer from mental and emotional issues due to the accident that injured them.

Lifetime Costs for Burn Injuries

Treatment costs for burn injuries can extend into millions, due in part to the many ongoing complications that burn victims suffer. According to the National Business Group on Health, hospitalizations for burns represent only 1 percent of all injuries in the United States, but treatments cost more than $10.4 billion per year.

The National Business Group on Health also estimates that the following complications can add significant expenses to a patient’s medical bills:

  • Scarring or skin contracture may add more than $35,000 to treatment costs.
  • Infections, which occur in roughly one-third of severe burn cases, may add more than $120,000 to treatment costs.
  • Fragile skin may add more than $107,000 to treatment costs.
  • Delayed wound healing or failure of skin graft surgery may add more than $110,000 to treatment costs.
  • Counseling and for psychological issues may add more than $75,000 to treatment costs.

Ongoing treatment for burn injuries can last years and add up to millions of dollars in medical expenses. That’s one reason why legal awards and settlements for burn injuries are high: Patients must manage the enormous costs of their continuing treatment.

Damages for Catastrophic Burn Injuries

If you or someone you love sustained severe burns as a result of someone’s negligence or wrongful actions, you might recover some or all of these damages, depending on your individual case:

  • Medical expenses. Expenses can cover immediate emergency care, ongoing care, and therapy to recover.
  • Physical pain and suffering. Ongoing physical problems and additional injuries can change the amount of an award or settlement.
  • Mental suffering. Many patients with burns suffer for years from anxiety or stress-related disorders stemming from the accident, and they may recover financial compensation for it.
  • Lost wages. Burn patients must often go through long recovery programs and surgeries, which renders them unable to work.
  • Loss of companionship. Family members may recover damages if the patient’s injuries prevented them from continuing their regular household roles and obligations.

Our Results in Burn Injury Lawsuits

In the past, our knowledgeable legal team at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, has successfully brought burn injury cases throughout Southern California and the United States. In fact, one of our attorneys, Christine Spagnoli, was a key member of the trial team in a case against General Motors. GM’s defective fuel system in their vehicles led to burn injuries for two adults and four children. The defendants recovered $4.9 billion in the largest product liability verdict in U.S. judicial history to that date.

In addition, our lawyers obtained a $58 million award in the largest single plaintiff’s personal injury verdict in California for a product liability case involving a burn injury. These record-setting cases are just two of the many verdicts and settlements we have helped win for our clients with burn injury claims.

No reputable law firm can guarantee the outcome of a case, but our Los Angeles law firm has a long history of successfully recovering damages for many people who were burned due to negligence or wrongful conduct. Working with a lawyer who has managed many cases like yours and who is not only experienced but compassionate about your circumstances can help you feel like you have a true partner in your case.

If you believe that negligence contributed to your burn injuries, contact our team at (866) 634-4525 or message us online today.

  • Best Law Firms by US News
    Best Law Firms by US News

    Named in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms,” Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP ranks as Tier 1 Personal Injury and Product Liability firm in Los Angeles.

  • Consumer Attorneys of California
    Consumer Attorneys of California

    Many firm members have been honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California, including Browne Greene, Christine Spagnoli, and Bruce Broillet, recipients of the Marvin E. Lewis Award. In addition, attorneys Bruce Broillet, Scott Carr, Molly McKibben, and Tobin Lanzetta has been honored with the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award.

  • LACBA
    LACBA

    All of our attorneys are proud to be active members of the Los Angeles County Bar Association or LACBA.

  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
    The Inner Circle of Advocates

    Founding partners Browne Greene and Bruce A. Broillet are both members of the exclusive invite-only Inner Circle of Advocates, as two of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in America.

  • Best Lawyers
    Best Lawyers

    All 15 of our attorneys have been selected to Best Lawyers® after an extensive peer review process.

  • Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019

    Our attorneys were featured in TopVerdict for having one of the Top 10 Wrongful Death Verdicts in California in 2019, with $15 million won for the plaintiff in Keck v. Bel-Air Bay Club.

  • Super Lawyers®
    Super Lawyers®

    Our firm has more attorneys on the Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars lists than any other law firm in Southern California, with 15 members selected.

  • Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019
    Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019

    After winning $2.6 million for the plaintiff’s side in a head-on collision case, our victory was named in the Top 50 Personal Injury Verdicts in California in 2019 by TopVerdict.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Several of our partners are members in the American Board of Trial Advocates, a national invite-only association consisting of the most experienced trial lawyers.

  • WLALA
    WLALA

    Firm partners Christine D. Spagnoli and Molly McKibben have both been honored by the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and are active members.

  • CAALA
    CAALA

    Several partners are active members in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, with attorneys Browne Greene, Bruce Broillet, and Christine Spagnoli named “Trial Lawyer of the Year."

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch
    Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

    Recipients of this recognition are held up to the same standards as for The Best Lawyers in America, but only legal professionals in the first ten years of their careers qualify. Four attorneys at GBW have been recognized with this award in 2021.

  • Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019
    Top 100 Settlements in California in 2019

    Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, was featured by TopVerdict in the Top 100 Settlements across all practice areas in California for 2019.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Bruce A. Broillet and Christine D. Spagnoli are Fellows with the invite-only International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group of elite trial lawyers from over 30 countries.

  • International Society of Barristers
    International Society of Barristers

    Our team includes several Fellows and Associates with the invite-only International Society of Barristers in recognition of their trial advocacy.

  • America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
    America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators

    As a member of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, founding partner Bruce Broillet joins a select group of California lawyers. Only 0.5% of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.

  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
    National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

    Attorneys Scott Carr and Tim Wheeler hold membership to the National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only legal organization consisting of the nation’s premier trial lawyers.

  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40
    National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40

    The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 is a prestigious, invitation-only organization exclusive to the most qualified lawyers who have already proven their elite legal skills through trial results and leadership — all before the age of 40.

  • Lawdragon
    Lawdragon

    Lawdragon has selected five of our firm’s attorneys to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers list.

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    American College of Trial Lawyers

    A preeminent trial lawyers’ organization in North America, the American College of Trial Lawyers have elected firm partners Bruce Broillet, Mark Quigley, and Geoffrey Wells as Fellows.

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